Ways To Improve Your Body Image

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Why is cachexia important

Anorexia and fatigue are consistently among the most common symptoms reported by patients with advanced cancer. Cachexia affects over 80 of such patients or patients with AIDS before death. It is particularly common in those with solid tumours of the upper gastrointestinal tract and lung. Those with cachexia have reduced survival, often experience anorexia and fatigue, have an altered body image, and have impaired physical activity and overall quality of life. Response to antineoplastic therapy is reduced and morbidity caused by treatment increased. Cachexia is usually progressive and is sometimes fatal.

Sexual Reproductive Issues

Even in today's postsexual revolution society there is uneasiness in talking about sexual concerns. Whereas many patients feel comfortable in bringing up the subject of sex, others do not. In the interview process the nurse can simply ask if there are sexual concerns, questions, or dysfunction. This allows the patient to express such issues if they exist. It also further assesses the overall quality of life that the patient experiences in living with the complications of IBD. Alterations in body image (from steroids, surgical scars, fistulas, or ostomies), pain, and fatigue can alter sexual functioning. Optimizing medical therapy to gain remission and steroid-sparing are the primary goals with this issue. Surgical intervention may be necessary support groups, ostomy nurses, gynecologists, and urologists may be appropriate referrals. Often patients need an ear to talk openly to about this delicate topic in a nonthreatening environment.

Immediate Reconstruction

Patients undergoing immediate reconstruction tend to incorporate the new breast into their body image, thereby maintaining greater selfesteem, personal sexuality, and confidence in interpersonal relationships.5 They tend to have less cancer anxiety, less recall, and greater freedom in choosing clothing.6 Patients undergoing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction demonstrate a similar psychosocial outcome to that of breast conservation patients, having had lumpectomy with or without radia-tion.7 Body image may be adversely affected due to greater breast and donor site scarring compared to patients having undergone breast conservation. Overall, psychologic morbidity is similar, and clearly favorable compared to that of patients having had delayed reconstruction.8 The opportunity to attain optimal esthetic results is enhanced with immediate reconstruction. The newly raised mastectomy skin flaps tend to preserve the shape of the natural breast, providing a structural template that...

Why should I take drugs that have side effects

Weight gain and altered body habitus Steroids and ACTH result in an increased appetite. Their use can result in tremendous weight gain, even as high as 70 pounds in a few days. There is also a redistribution of body fat that women in particular do not like. Fat is deposited over the face and upper part of the chest and neck, abdomen, and buttocks. As easy as it is to gain the weight, it is difficult to take it off. When caloric intake is managed (restricted), the deposition of fat over the upper back, abdomen, and buttocks is minimized, but not eliminated. The alteration of body image may be traumatic, particularly to women. Acne often accompanies the use of steroids and ACTH. It can be easily managed with use of low doses of tetracycline antibiotics.

Assessment Of Limb Praxis

Transitive movements should be assessed under different modalities, including verbal, visual (seeing the tool or the object upon which the tool works), and tactile (using actual tools and or objects) as well as on imitation, since impairment can be seen under some performance conditions but not others. Nevertheless, the most sensitive test for apraxia is asking patients to pantomime to verbal commands because this test provides the least cues and is almost entirely dependent on stored movement representations. In addition to the specific praxis assessment tasks listed in Table 1, it is important to evaluate other cognitive functions, since they may contribute to understand the neural mechanisms of some praxic deficits. Thus, the evaluation of conceptual tool and object knowledge, such as correct naming, descriptions, or correct associative semantic judgement, may help to discern the specific nature of an object tool use deficit. Knowledge about body image, body structural description,...

Vacterl Syndrome Life Expectancy

Vacterl Syndrome Life Expectancy

In spite of improved surgical techniques, there is still an appreciable amount of morbidity associated with ARM. The consequences of a serious medical condition combined with protracted and repeated hospital admissions will undoubtedly have an effect on both the patients and their families. Patients with ARM have been shown to have increased rates of significant emotional problems. In two recent series the rates of psychiatric diagnoses were 58 and 35 , respectively 3,4 . The higher rate may have been due to the twice-daily anal dilatations that the patients underwent as children. The intrusiveness of such a procedure may have had long-term consequences for self-esteem and body image, both of which are important in the context of sexual confidence. It may be prudent to consider this when defining bowel management regimes for young patients with ARM, where regular rectal enema or washout administration may be required to achieve faecal continence.

Reconstruction Of The Partial Mastectomy Defect

Approximately 15 percent of patients treated with BCT are not content with the esthetic out-come.107 These patients often seek consultation to improve selfesteem and body image. Careful assessment of the actual and apparent tissue deficits are crucial in the selection of the appropriate reconstructive strategy. Contour deficits signify substantial parenchymal loss, whereas radiation contracture represents extensive cutaneous deficits. Nipple-areolar distortion necessitates a substantial increase in cutaneous replacement, as central areolar support requires dermal rather than subcutaneous support.

Rationales For The Implementation Of Support Groups

Another rationale for introducing support groups has more to do with the transmission of information, education, and skills to the participants than with the emotional support provided by the group. There are several reasons why a support group is a desirable context for learning new information and skills. First, there may be a significant amount of technical information that all participants want and need to know to improve their comprehension and handling of their situations. The sheer volume of information may require it to be divided into consumable chunks that can be disseminated more efficiently en masse than individually. For example, support groups for cancer patients typically cover the following topics the causes of cancer explanation of the diagnoses, tests, and prognoses of the various subtypes of the disease explanation of the various components of the treatment plan, such as surgery and chemotherapy, and their side effects discussion of the personal and social impacts...

Touch therapies

The evidence base for use of the touch therapies is growing. A wide range of uses includes helping to promote relaxation, alleviate anxiety, reduce depression, reduce pain, reduce nausea, alleviate symptoms such as breathlessness, alleviate side effects of chemotherapy, improve sleep pattern, reduce stress and tension, reduce psychological distress, provide emotional support, improve wellbeing and quality of life, encourage acceptance of altered body image

Lisa TurnboughRN

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients must deal with socially embarrassing, painful, and, sometimes, body image altering diseases. They experience better outcomes when they are adequately educated about their disease process and treatment and have confidence that there is a reliable contact when problems or questions arise. These patients need to feel comfortable discussing their symptoms and fears in a relaxed atmosphere of empathy, compassion, and professionalism. They deserve accurate information given in a timely manner. Unfortunately, many patients report dissatisfaction in accessing the health care system. In large institutions it is easy for the patient to feel he she gets lost in the shuffle in the interim between regularly scheduled visits. Blaine Franklin Newman became frustrated with the inconsistent contacts and information he dealt with during his battle with Crohn's disease and vowed to help other patients avoid that distress. His generosity and foresight provided...

The cerebral cortex

This structure consists of four main segments or lobes frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital. Each of the four has various complex functions. The occipital lobe, at the back of the brain, does most of the processing of visual information. The parietal, across the top of the brain, co-ordinates the body image (from the sense of touch and the internal receptors that detect information about balance and posture). It also oversees body movements. The tasks of the temporal lobes, one on each side of the brain, include


In conclusion, more attention should be directed to the biologic relationships among hormone modulation, diet, and the risk of breast cancer to develop an ideal lifestyle model to propose for the high-risk groups. In this context, the role of prophylactic surgery, with the psychologic consequences related to the change in body image, even if associated with improved outcome in high-risk women, will come to be considered as a secondary, rather than a primary, option for breast cancer risk management.


Common treatment issues for victims are fears and phobias associated with the sexual abuse, the inability to trust adults, altered body image, guilt and responsibility associated with the abuse and its aftermath, anger because of the abuse, sexualized behavior, a need to understand aspects of the sexual abuse experience, and personal boundary and prevention issues.

Medical Management

Stoma For patients with refractory incontinence, a properly placed and well-constructed stoma offers restoration of bowel control (if not true continence) with minimal associated morbidity. Although the presence of a stoma admittedly distorts an individual's body image, this disadvantage is usually outweighed by the patient's enhanced ability to function normally (or nearly so) in social, work, and sexual situations without fear of loss of bowel control.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders usually are characterized by a morbid fear of becoming fat and a preoccupation with body weight, food, and body image. Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa (restricting type and eating purging type) and bulimia nervosa (purging and non-purging type) and occur more commonly among females than among males. Anorexia nervosa is associated with a 5 to 18 premature mortality rate. In